Thursday, July 7, 2011


Ideeen dress, necklace courtesy of Briel, blue cuff courtesy of Joomi Lim, spike earrings courtesy of Joshua Hall, Triskaidekaphobia multicolored gear cuff, Cara Croninger clear cuff, Acne Sandals, Peter Pilotto x Kipling backpack, Slow and Steady Wins the Race sunglasses.

I've been really into futuristic accessories lately. As a jewelry designer, I tend to gravitate towards designs that interest me from a technical standpoint--pieces that intrigue me with their unique construction, and things that I only have a vague understanding of how to make. Jewelry is an immense field with many different areas of specialty, and people seem surprised when they find out that most jewelry designers don't know how to set their own stones, or cast their own metal. I'll be the first to admit that there are a lot of techniques that I do not know, and there are a lot of areas that I could learn more about. I recently took a course in 3-D CAD for Jewelry Designers, and still I feel like it's only the beginning of all the emerging technical possibilities for designers.

I've been obsessed with the design of two particular pieces that I recently was given. The first is a necklace made by watch company Breil, which recently launched a jewelry line. All their pieces are meant to be worn multiple ways, with various built in tricks that allow for conversions from necklaces to bracelets, and complete changes in design. While all of their jewelry has a bit of a sleek techie sheen that hints at their watch-making roots, I really loved the stainless steel ball necklace that has rubber stoppers inside each of the bead, allowing you to adjust them into whatever positions you feel like. I personally like wearing them will the balls all bunched in the front like a silver amoeba, or the swinging balls of a Newton's cradle. I also really like the fact that you can adjust it to whatever length you like in the back with yet another rubber-filled bead.

After expressing my love for my friend Joomi Lim's titanium plated stainless steel cuff, Joomi was incredibly generous, and gave me one for my birthday. I was immediately fascinated by the vivid blue color, which is pretty uncommon in jewelry, and usually reserved for furniture or industrial design. I love how it makes me feel like Wonder Woman, even though most of the wondering I'm doing is thinking about what other crazy colors it could possibly be plated in.

Breil Necklace, Joshua Hall Earrings, Slow and Steady Wins the Race sunglasses

Joomi Lim cuff + DIY French manicure


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laura said...

whoa the glasses are too rad ! dont know if i could pull them off but surely do fit you well

Daisy said...

Very cool nails !!

Joel said...

love the accesories!

little moon lover said...

Could I want that dress more? It's awesome!.. and loving the sunglasses as well.. I'm all about futuristic style.. I just presented my fall collection, and it is called back to the future.. feel free to check it out on my blog's last week entries.. I bet you'd rock designing futuristic jewerly.. you've got a unique fashion eye.. stay cool!

Suzanne said...

I love how you also stand in front of the "the future" sign! Those sunglasses are too good!

Amanda said...

i love your manicure!!! great to bump into you the other day at UO of all places..